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Boxing: Irish eyes are smiling on boxer Billy
1:36pm Tuesday 20th May 2014 in Sport
BILLY Howes did not need the luck of the Irish as he was voted boxer of the tournament at an England versus Ireland all-star junior show in County Tipperary.
The Clayton ABC prospect turned in a classy performance against a tough as teak southpaw, who had no answer to the 15-year-old's accuracy and power.
Howes always had the edge from the opening bell, with his superior footwork and head movement impressing the judges who praised his promising display.
Thirteen year old Dalton Bancroft had given Clayton their first win of the day, bossing his bout from start to finish.
Putting together some classy combinations, his brave opponent was fortunate not to be stopped having taken a count in the second round as Bancroft landed a unanimous decision.
Jack Howes was also on the victory podium, beating a former Irish champion with a gritty performance.
Jack took a round to weigh up and find his range, but went on to win narrowly in a closely fought affair - as did J.J Price, with the 15-year-old also claiming an impressive win for Clayton.
Tommy Elsmore, who bagged a place in the Lancashire Schoolboys semi-final earlier this year, completed Clayton's victory roll.
Working behind his jab and landing with rights and lefts, and avoiding any counter punches, he produced a solid performance to win well.
Head coach John Brindle, who was accompanied on the trip across the Irish Sea by his coaching team, John Burke and Shane Murray, said: "We were very proud of the way the lads conducted themselves in and out of the ring and also the quality of all of their performances.
"We are already looking forward to the Irish boys coming over to Accrington in October."
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